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Religious Resolutions on Divestment and Reinvestment

Resolutions from Religious Groups

The following is a collection of resolutions on divestment and reinvestment which have been formally proposed or adopted by religious institutions.  These records of action are in different forms, reflecting the different procedures of the various institutions.

If you know of resolutions not listed here, please forward them to GreenFaith at revfharper@greenfaith.org. 

United Church of Christ Synod - National Resolution on Engaging Climate Change

This resolution calls on the UCC to engage in shareholder and legislative advocacy and other actions including divestment in response to climate change.

Unitarian Universalist Business Resolution - December 2013

This resolution calls on the Unitarian Universalist Association to divest, apart from the minimal holding needed to allow ongoing shareholder advocacy.

Presbytery of Boston Divestment Resolution - for national Presbyterian Church USA Divestment

This overture calls on the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church to divest from fossil fuel holdings and reinvest in a clean energy future.  This overture has now (December 2013) been adopted by two US presbyteries and will be considered at the PCUSA General Assembly in the summer of 2014.

Anglican Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand Divestment Resolution

This resolution calls on the Anglican Church of New Zealand to divest from fossil fuel holdings within two years.

Unitarian Universalist Action of Immediate Witness - Consider Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry

This resolution calls in UU congregations nationwide to conduct discussions about fossil fuel divestment.

Episcopal Diocese of Newark Resolution on Responding to Superstorm Sandy

This resolution includes a call for the diocese to conduct a discussion of divestment and reinvestment, to provide a recommendation to the 2014 diocesan convention, and asks the national Episcopal Church to conduct a similar analysis and recommendation.  Scroll to the middle of the document for the actual resolution.

Oregon Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - ELCA) and New England Synod (ELCA) Resolutions

Both resolutions call for all ELCA churches and agencies to divest from fossil fuel holdings. 

Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ Resolution Urging Denomination-Wide Divestment from Fossil Fuels

This resolution calls for the United Church of Christ - as a denomination - to divest from fossil fuel holdings and to encourage other religious denominations to do the same.  For further resources from the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC, click here.

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Resolution on Fossil Fuel Divestment

This resolution calls on the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee to divest from fossil fuel holdings and to encourage the Unitarian Universalist Association to do the same. 

Uniting Church New South Wales ACT Synod Resolution on Divestment

This resolution was adopted by Australia's Uniting Church's Synod of New South Wales to divest from fossil fuel holdings.

Letter to Dover (NH) Friends Meeting Reporting Divestment Decision

This letter was sent to members of the Dover Friends Meeting after its Business Meeting decided to divest from a mutual fund with fossil fuel holdings.  For the congregation's letter to the fund manager, click here.

Cambridge Quaker Meeting Minute to Friends Fiduciary Corporation

A "minute" is an official communication from a Quaker business meeting.  This particular minute, on divestment and reinvestment, is directed to the Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the investment arm of the US Quaker community. 

Click here for religious education and discussion materials on Divestment and Reinvestment.

 

 
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